Electives in Morocco for OT Students
If you're interested in volunteering in this destination, please contact us first before applying.
- Placement location: Rabat
- Role: To gain experience from local staff and add to your previous Occupational Therapy training
- Requirements: You must be a student studying occupational therapy and you should speak intermediate French or Arabic. If you are not an elective student please go to our standard Occupational Therapy Project in Morocco page.
- Types of Placement: Schools and day care centres
- Accommodation: Host family
- Length of placement: From 2 weeks
- Start dates: Flexible
If you take your Occupational Therapy Elective in Morocco, you will be working in schools and day-care centres. You will find the facilities may not be to the standard you are used to. With creativity and enthusiasm, you can really help to make a difference to the quality of life of the children and young adults you will be working with, while learning about occupational health and its role in Morocco.
You must be a student studying occupational therapy to do an Elective placement. Projects Abroad will work together with your university to ensure the requirements of your elective can be met at your placement. Our in-country staff are experienced in working with elective students and will be on hand to support your pre-departure arrangements. In Morocco you will be given a supervisor who will mentor you throughout your stay. They will be a qualified member of staff who will ensure your time is well spent and your experience worthwhile. They can discuss specific case studies with you and will help with any questions you may have.
Occupational Therapy Student Electives in Morocco
You could be placed in a day-care centre for children ages 3 -12 who have a variety of learning disabilities and special needs. The centre carries out a lot of therapy with the children. They have gardens and a small area for animals. We also have a placement in a school for girls with mental disabilities. Here the focus is on developing independence and integration into mainstream society. You will learn a lot at either of these placements.
You must speak a good level of French or Arabic in order to fully participate in the occupational therapy projects. These projects are not available from mid-June to mid-September.
By living with a local host family while you are in Morocco, you will be welcomed into a warm Moroccan home and can use the opportunity to hone your French or Arabic language skills. In your free time, there are plenty of opportunities to socialize with other volunteers and local people, as well as lots of travel opportunities.
Occupational Therapy Student Electives in Morocco are available for shorter periods than 4 weeks. While you will be able to gain valuable medical experience on a short-term trip, we recommend staying for a longer period to allow yourself more time to get to know the local medical system, see more of a variety of conditions and procedures, and develop stronger relationships with local medical staff.
Volunteers seeking a different cultural experience have the option of participating on a more unique project for one week at the end of their project. For more information, please visit the Nomad Project in Morocco page. Our Combinations Page explains how you can combine not only projects, but also destinations.